Okarche temperature

The average temperature for the month of August was 79.2 degrees.  This was 3.0 degrees below average.

The cool August capped a below average meteorological summer.  The months of June, July, and August saw an average temperature of 79.9 degrees, which was 1.1 degrees below average.


Hurricane Fred

While a rare event / multiple major hurricanes / continues over the central and eastern Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean has decided to throw a rare event for itself.

Hurricane Fred is peaking this afternoon as it moves northwestward across the Cape Verde Islands.   Maximum sustained winds are 85 mph.

From the National Hurricane Center:

According to the official Atlantic tropical cyclone record, which begins in 1851, Fred is the first hurricane to pass through the Cape
Verde Islands since 1892.  We caution, however, that the database is less reliable prior to the satellite era (mid 1960s onward).

Outlook (Monday-Wednesday)

…Warm and generally dry through mid-week…

Models are in reasonably good agreement this Sunday evening.  A weak upper wave – detached from the main flow – is located just southeast of Oklahoma.  This wave will wander across eastern Texas and Louisiana through Wednesday.  A strong upper jet will extend from the Pacific Northwest, eastward along and north of the Canada border.

The wave southeast of the state will be able to generate isolated showers and thunderstorms across southeast Oklahoma through Wednesday.  A surface trough across the Panhandle may provide a focus for isolated showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday and Wednesday.  The weather will remain dry across central Oklahoma.

Light southerly winds and warm temperatures are expected on Monday.  The pressure gradient will tighten on Tuesday and Wednesday, and winds will become gusty out of the south.  This low level flow will also assist in keeping afternoon temperatures warm each day.

No significant weather related hazards are expected through Wednesday.

…Okarche Weather…
Monday morning (Midnight to Noon): 66 (67)
Chance of precipitation: 0.01 – 0% / 0.10 – 0% / 0.50 – 0% / 1.00 – 0% (0.00)

Monday (Noon to Midnight): 94 (94)
Chance of precipitation: 0.01 – 0% / 0.10 – 0% / 0.50 – 0% / 1.00 – 0% (0.00)

Tuesday morning (Midnight to Noon): 71 (68)
Chance of precipitation: 0.01 – 0% / 0.10 – 0% / 0.50 – 0% / 1.00 – 0% (0.00)

Tuesday (Noon to Midnight): 94 (94)
Chance of precipitation: 0.01 – 0% / 0.10 – 0% / 0.50 – 0% / 1.00 – 0% (0.00)

Wednesday morning (Midnight to Noon): 72 (69)
Chance of precipitation: 0.01 – 0% / 0.10 – 0% / 0.50 – 0% / 1.00 – 0% (0.00)

Wednesday (Noon to Midnight): 94 (93)
Chance of precipitation: 0.01 – 0% / 0.10 – 0% / 0.50 – 0% / 1.00 – 0% (0.00)

Rare hurricane event continues over the Pacific

Three powerful hurricanes continue to roam the open water of the Pacific Ocean.  From left to right, Hurricane Kilo is a category 3 – Hurricane Ignacio is also a category 3 – Hurricane Jimena is just below category 5 with sustained winds of 150 mph.

Ignacio will be passing just northeast of Hawaii, but will come close enough to generate dangerous surf.

Below is an animated view of the strongest storm, Hurricane Jimena:

Tropical Storm Fred

Tropical Storm Erika dissipated yesterday morning.  While the remnant system won’t have much impact with regard to wind and storm surge, very heavy rainfall is expected to create flood and flash flood conditions in Florida through Tuesday morning.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Fred formed overnight.  The storm organized just off the African coast – so far east that it has become a hazard to land masses on that side of the Atlantic Ocean.  Records show that this is only the 4th storm to be named east of 19 degrees W longitude.

There will be favorable conditions for strengthening over the next 24 hours and the storm is expected to become a hurricane by Monday morning.  The Meteorological Service of the Cape Verde Islands has issued a Hurricane Warning for those islands.

Major Pacific Hurricanes

Quite a spectacle over the Pacific Ocean today.  This image was captured at 7 pm on Saturday, August 29.  From left to right – Hurricane Kilo – Hurricane Ignacio – Hurricane Jimena.  All of these storms are category 4 hurricanes with sustained winds near 140 mph!

While Hawaii (seen between the left two hurricanes) won’t take a direct hit, tropical storm warnings are in effect for parts of the islands.  Hurricane Ignacio will produce large and dangerous surf (15 to 20 feet) on the Big Island through Tuesday.

The bright area toward the bottom of the image, south of Hawaii, is the reflection of the sun off the Pacific Ocean.